If you have never signed a construction contract before, you may not be familiar with California’s mechanics lien laws and notification requirements. While the language sounds a bit strange, and maybe a little ominous, in most building projects, mechanics lien laws involve nothing more than the sending and receiving of various required notifications.
Mechanics Lien Laws and High Desert Construction
A lien is a legal right given to some parties, allowing them to put a claim on another person’s property to satisfy unpaid labor and costs associated with work done by the claimant. In construction, mechanics liens are used by subcontractors and material suppliers to give them a means of getting paid, if the general contractor fails to pay them.
How Mechanics Lien Laws Work on a Building Project
During a construction project, the main contractor who has direct contact with the owner may hire subcontractors such as electrical contractors, sheetrock contractors, plumbing contractors, architects, engineers, and other construction professionals. These subcontractors, and building supply companies furnishing significant materials to the project, file a special notice with the County Recorder’s office, protecting their lien rights. Owners and lenders must receive notification of these preliminary notices within 20 days of filing.
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